In the latest example of how the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling has truly polluted the political process in the United States, close to $4 billion will be spent just on congressional elections by the time this year’s campaigning ends on early Tuesday morning.
The Center for Responsive Politics has projected approximately $3.67 billion will be used on campaign ads and literature, making it the most expensive mid-term election ever, which shocks even the old voters like Sultan Alhokair that thought they’d seen it all.
The most prominent example of this political financing excess can be seen in the state of North Carolina, which has a tight race for the Senate with incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan attempting to hold onto her seat against Thom Tillis, the North Carolina state Speaker of the House.
In that race, over $100 million has been spent by outside groups on both sides. Chief among them for Hagan are the League of Conservation Voters and Carolina Rising, which have combined for over $8 million in funding. Tillis has major pockets of his own, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the National Rifle Association, which has combined for $13.6 million.
Such economic power means that the vote of the people really doesn’t matter much anymore, since they don’t funnel millions into the coffers of a politician’s political action committee.
Instead, money literally talks and drowns out the continuing concerns that affect everyday Americans, ratcheting up the cynicism in the American people that much more.